Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed that no matter how bad terrorism or the migrant crisis gets, the European Union (EU) will never give up on open borders. The European Commission president said terrorism could be countered with better intelligence-sharing between member states. On France 2’s Four Truths programme this morning, Mr. Juncker said “a lot of initiatives” will be required to strengthen security in the EU. After a bloody month for Europe in which the continent has seen multiple Islamic terror attacks — four in the last week in Germany alone — the EU president insisted better communication between member states would solve the problem. Mr. Juncker told presenter Gilles Bornstein that he “expected a better response from member states regarding the exchange of information between police and intelligence services”.
Britain will need months of preparation before Brexit talks can start, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, chiding the government in London for not preparing better for the possibility of a ‘Leave’ vote. Juncker, who also confirmed Britain would lose unrestricted access to the internal European Union market if it did not accept free movement of workers, said his preference would have been for Brexit talks to start as soon as possible. “(But) this is not the case. The British government needs several months to fine-tune its position,” Juncker told France 2 television
Talks under way in Brussels hint that we may only be offered limited control on the free movement of people. But up to 25 Tory backbenchers last night warned they would rebel unless Theresa May fully cuts ties with Brussels. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added: “I am not interested in Brexit lite. “The idea that we might end up paying for the privilege to enter their single market or that we might have to continue with free movement is inconceivable. It’s a poor deal and if that’s the best the negotiators can do, I’d tell them not to bother.” MP John Redwood added: “The UK did not vote for a slightly beefed up version of Mr Cameron’s attempted renegotiation with the EU.” But Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today warned of extreme fallout for Britain if Mrs May bagged a “hard Brexit”. She said that meant a “future outside the single market, with only limited access and significant restrictions on free movement”.
BREXIT MPs are furious the European Union (EU) is planning to allow Britain to be exempt from freedom of movement rules for up to seven years while remaining in the single market. Politicians have accused European leaders of “missing the point” and failing to accept Britain’s vote to leave the Brussels club after senior British and EU officials are understood to be thinking of giving the green light to an “emergency brake” on EU migration into the UK for up to seven years. An agreement would mean Britain paying a substantial contribution into the EU, although it would be less than full membership requires. However, there would be no seat for the UK at an EU negotiating table on the single market.
The High Court is due to hear a legal challenge to the Labour Party’s decision to guarantee Jeremy Corbyn a place on the leadership ballot. Labour donor Michael Foster, a former parliamentary candidate, is bringing the legal action against the party’s general secretary Iain McNicol, who is being sued in a representative capacity. Mr Corbyn requested to be added to the proceedings as second defendant. The case, to be heard on Tuesday by Mr Justice Foskett, follows the decision of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) that the incumbent leader should automatically be included in the contest.
A legal challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s right to automatically stand in the Labour leadership contest will start in earnest later on Tuesday. Donor and former candidate Michael Foster is contesting Labour’s decision to allow Mr Corbyn onto the ballot paper without him having to secure nominations from 50 other MPs and MEPs. Labour’s National Executive Committee backed the move by 18 to 14 votes. Mr Corbyn is taking on former work and pensions spokesman Owen Smith. As a challenger, Mr Smith had to win the backing of 20% of Labour’s MPs and MEPs to be eligible to stand – a hurdle he overcame easily. But the NEC’s decision that, as an incumbent, Mr Corbyn did not have to adhere to the same requirements has proved to be controversial.
Labour is being sued by a group of its members over the decision to exclude 130,000 people who joined the party since January from being able to vote in its leadership contest.Harrison Grant, a London law firm, issued proceedings against Labour and its general secretary, Iain McNicol, on behalf of the members, who are crowdfunding to pay for their action. In a statement, the group said: “We have called on the party to reconsider its decision, but it has not proven forthcoming. We believe the only way we can retrieve our rights is by taking the party to court.
Scotland’s first minister has outlined her next steps in attempting to secure Scotland’s position in Europe, a month on from the Brexit vote. In a speech in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon set out key interests she believes must be protected. She has previously said a second independence vote was “highly likely” but promised to explore other options. The Scottish Conservatives said another “divisive” referendum was not in Scotland’s best interests. Scottish voters backed remaining in the EU by a margin of 62% to 38% in June’s referendum while the UK as a whole voted by 52% to 48% to leave.
The Government response to Brexit has been “one of the most shameful abdications of responsibility in modern political history”, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scotland’s First Minister slammed the UK Tory administration and Leave politicians for having no plan in place for a vote to quit the European Union. She said instead there had been an “absence of any leadership” and warned the UK was heading for a “hard rather than a soft Brexit” with “limited access” to the single market and restrictions on the freedom of movement.
NICOLA STURGEON today vowed to fight to keep the EU’s freedom of movement rules for Scotland while remaining within the UK. The Scottish First Minister said avoiding limits on EU migration was crucial for Scotland as a “country that has an imperative to grow our population” in order to deal with a skills gap in its workforce and an ageing society. The SNP leader, who has used last month’s Brexit vote to threaten a second Scottish independence referendum, suggested Scotland could remain signed up to Brussels’ freedom of movement rules – which allow any EU citizen to live and work in any of the other 27 member states – while staying within the UK. Ms Sturgeon denied this would see the creation of border checks between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Independence may offer Scotland the greatest stability while the rest of the UK faces upheaval after last month’s vote to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scotland’s first minister also told an audience in Edinburgh on Monday that the barriers to protecting the country’s interests while remaining in the UK were “substantial”. She described the absence of leadership and planning that became evident immediately after the leave vote as “one of the most shameful abdications of responsibility in modern political history”. Addressing an Institute for Public Policy Research event, Sturgeon said she feared the UK government was pursuing a “hard rather than a soft Brexit” that would result in a future outside the single market with only limited access and a significant restriction on free movement
A PETITION calling for MPs to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the public in the run-up to the Iraq war reached a significant milestone yesterday. The online parliamentary petition now has over 10,000 signatories, which means the government will have to make an official reply. Stop the War vice-chair Chris Nineham told the Star that it was “no surprise” that people had already signed in such numbers. Mr Nineham said: “The act of lying to take us into the Iraq war, more than any, other embodies the contempt for democracy that plagues our politics.” He said it was “essential” that Mr Blair “faces some accounting as a warning to politicians in the future not to take us into disastrous foreign wars and not to deceive the public and Parliament alike.”
Nigel Farage has ruled himself out of appearing on this year’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! – despite suggestions he has been offered £250,000. The UKIP leader, who is due to step down in September, told Sky News there is “no way” he would follow in the footsteps of fellow party member Neil Hamilton or former Tory minister Edwina Currie. The successful ITV programme, hosted by Ant and Dec, likes to include a politician to appear in the jungle alongside other celebrities.